The Must List: A Flight Back to 1962, Great Outdoor Gear and Muppets Galore

Don your tutu, develop a deranged doppelgänger and sprout unwanted epidermal plumage—the famous “Black Swan” dance from Swan Lake is taking flight, along with several other besotted ballet masterpieces, in Love Stories at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Read the rest of our preview from the November issue.

11/4–11/13. Times and prices vary. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.441.2424,

The words “fashionable” and “rain poncho” rarely appear next to each other. But after seeing Seattle designer Ann DeOtte’s Iva Jean rain cape, a practical shell for stylish cyclists, you might just find yourself telling friends about your new, fashionable rain poncho.

Rain cape is sold at Hub & Bespoke in Seattle and online at

Cafe Nordo presents To Savor Tomorrow, in which a local troupe of actors put a fresh spin on the dinner theater concept. Audiences will “board” a Pan Am luxury liner bound for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. But the relaxing flight takes a dramatic turn as international agents attempt to uncover the nefarious plots of future fast food tycoons. You’ll enjoy live music by Annastasia Workman, food by Chef Nordo Lefesczki - and, of course, the irresistible charms of a stylish stewardess staff. Another reason to go, if you haven't frequented West of Lenin yet, is to take in the cozy surrounding's of Fremont's new theater space.

Ongoing through 11/20. Times and prices vary. West of Lenin, 203 North 36 St,

Islander Middle School is hosting its 28th annual Ski & Snowboard swap on Mercer Island, where anyone hoping for a good snow year will find a great collection of gear selling at discounted consignment store prices (gear is discounted even further if you sell your own gear there - which you have to register by Friday. See website for more info). Proceeds benefit the IMS PTSA.

11/5, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Islander Middle School, 8225 SE 72nd Street;

SIFF Cinema is celebrating the genius of Jim Henson with the “Muppets, Music & Magic” series, featuring screenings of all three original Muppet movies, fantasy classics The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and a whole bunch of hilarious Muppet shorts. For those enchanted by the magic behind Jim Henson's Creature Workshop, there is also some behind the scenes footage to enjoy in The Art of Puppetry and Storytelling, not to mention miles of rare footage and commentary on Sesame Street in several films celebrating America's most enchanting inner city borough.

11/5-11/22. Times and prices vary. SIFF Cinema at The Uptown. 511 Queen Anne Avenue N, 206.324.9996,


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